Ohio Unemployment Benefit Questions
When should I file an application for benefits?
You should file your application for unemployment benefits as soon as you become unemployed. Your claim will begin the Sunday of the calendar week in which your application is filed. Waiting more than a week to apply will delay the start of your claim, and no benefits will be paid for weeks of unemployment that pass before the week you file. Even if you need to serve the required waiting week or you are receiving separation pay from your employer, do not wait to file your application for unemployment benefits.
How do I claim a dependent child?
A child, stepchild, or adopted child is allowed as a dependent if both of the following two conditions are met.
- The child is under 18 at the beginning date of the benefit year, or if the child is 18 or older and unable to work because of a permanent mental or physical disability.
- You have paid more than half the cost of the child’s support for the 90-day period before the beginning date of your benefit year (or for the length of the parental relationship, if less than 90 days).
Claiming children as dependents will not be allowed if your spouse has filed for unemployment within the past year and has received an increased weekly amount because he or she claimed the same dependents.
May an applicant file a claim outside of Ohio?
If your base period employment was in Ohio, but you live in and are seeking work in a state other than Ohio, your unemployment claim will be an “Ohio interstate claim.”
If you have worked in more than one state during your base period, you may qualify for unemployment by combining wages from those states. To establish a “combined wage claim,” you must apply for benefits with one of the states where your base period wages were reported.
How long will it take to apply?
Whether you apply online or by telephone, the process will take about 20-25 minutes. If you are online and need to stop before you finish the application, you can log back in later – within 24 hours from the time you started – and continue where you left off. Your application is not considered “filed” until you receive a confirmation number.
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